Benzema helps Real edge Levante
Madrid: Karim Benzema scored twice on Saturday in an outstanding performance for Real Madrid against Levante, although his side were left hanging on for a 3-2 win on the day Eden Hazard made his La Liga debut. Benzema’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half at a wet Santiago Bernabeu, before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up. However, Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.
“The second half was more difficult for us, but the overall feeling was positive,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, whose team had drawn their previous two games.
“We have got the three points and we were incredible in the first half, the way we played, the goals, the commitment. We just need to stay focused for the full 90 minutes.”
Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first La Liga appearance after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.
Solskjaer keen to resolve De Gea contract delay
Manchester: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that goalkeeper David de Gea will commit his future to the club despite entering the final year of his contract.
United hoped the Spanish international would sign a new deal before the season began, but are still waiting for De Gea to put pen to paper. As it stands, the 28-yearold would be free to speak to any European clubs from January 1 and leave next summer on a free transfer. United have reportedly offered a deal worth around £290,000-a-week to make De Gea the joint highest earner still at the club, alongside Paul Pogba, but still short of the £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez was earning at Old Trafford prior to his loan move to Inter Milan. “I’ve obviously not been involved in all the discussions, but I’m pretty confident we’ll get this sorted,” said the Norwegian. “David has never said anything else to me, other than that he loves this club, he wants to stay here and he’s had a fantastic time.”
Iran says ‘blue girl’ football fan admitted ‘mistake’
Tehran: An Iranian football fan who set herself ablaze and died after being arrested for trying to enter a stadium had “confessed her mistake” when she was questioned, the judiciary said Saturday. Sahar Khodayari, dubbed “blue girl” because of the colours of the team she supported, Esteghlal FC, was reportedly detained when she tried to enter a stadium dressed as a man to watch them last year.
She died of her injuries in a Tehran hospital after setting herself on fire outside a court last week. Her death sparked outrage online, with celebrities and activists using the hashtag #blue_girl to urge the sport’s world governing body FIFA to ban Iran from competitions and fans to boycott matches. 1 4 9 10 12 13 15 16 19 20 23 25 27 28 29 30 A way out (6)
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